Luke 5 Amplified Bible (AMP)
12 While He was in one of the towns, there came a man full of (covered with) leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, Lord, if You are willing, You are able to cure me and make me clean.
13 And [Jesus] reached out His hand and touched him, saying, I am willing; be cleansed! And immediately the leprosy left him.
14 And [Jesus] charged him to tell no one [[e]that he might chance to meet], [f]until [He said] you go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your purification, as Moses commanded, for a testimony and proof to the people, that they may have evidence [of your healing].
Leprosy was one of the most terrifying aliments during Jesus ministry, second to demon possession. It would cause the person to be slowly covered with boils and festering flesh-eating soars. Because it was highly contagious, the person would be sent away in seclusion, cut off from main society. They were branded incurable, very lonely for their families with only other lepers for companionship. This man who besought Jesus was learned of the OT scriptures, apparently. First, he addressed Jesus as “Lord” (as one of an inferior would ask of a superior, recognizing Jesus as his Rabbi.) Second, in saying…”if You are willing” knowing the sovereignty of God, the leper is keenly aware that he is in the presence of God’s Messiah for Israel. Lastly, in professing “You are able to cure me and make me clean” it was a confession of his faith and belief in Jesus.
When Jesus looked on this Leper, he did not see the open, festering boils covering the face of this man. He saw the sincerity of the heart before him. Jesus read the desperate condition of the soul within the man. It was not so much the leprosy that evoked Jesus. It was the sincerity of the leper’s faith and belief in Jesus.
What happened next just knocks my socks off every time I read this passage. In my minds-eye, I see Jesus standing there, tired from preaching and healing many in Galilee that day. It’s probably close to evening (since most lepers did not come out during the day?) Jesus is looking forward to a fish fry with Peter & the boys and prayer time with his Father. Instead of saying, “Come tomorrow” or “No more! Leave! He is moved with compassion and reaches out to this leper and TOUCHES him. Immediately the leper is healed! HEALED! In studying this passage, I find that not since Miriam [Num. 12:13-15] was there a recorded case of leprosy being healed. Jesus knew this, too (of course)
Let’s take a pause right here and look at what is key. We could say Jesus was looking forward to fulfilling this miracle. He knew that it would require something special to complete the cleansing back into society for this man. It would require that he (healed leper) would have to go to the priest for the cleansing. So, Jesus told the man (before he left excited because of what had just happened to him) to tell no one! He wanted the man to go first to the Temple, like what? I’m sure this guy just wanted to run shouting in the streets all the way home! Instead, Jesus wanted him to keep the Law, in order to show the Pharisees and teachers (of the Law) further proof of His ministry. He also understood the only way that this man could be accepted back into society was through the cleansing ritual. To their (Priests) accreditation, this could only be done in the Temple, ironically.
Our Jesus is one radical dude. That is greatness! This is love of others before self. He is wise but did no harm in the process of knowledge. He knew that it was not going to win over all the Pharisees but perhaps that was not his overall intent? He is the Shepherd to the one, right? There was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, mentioned in John 3:1-2: “There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”
Jesus was a forward thinker, teacher and healer.
We have the out stretched love of God examples in the life of Jesus. In the process of His wonderful willingness to touch our lives and bring us hope, tender mercies and joy, He will make a request of us, too. Look within your blessing, healing, miracle and ask God what is it that YOU require of me, Lord? Search Him out in the word and in prayer, He is faithful to answer and give you direction…just as Jesus did for the leper, because He is the same yesterday, today and forever. There is something SPECIAL Jesus has planned just for YOU! Turn your story into His Glory!! Blessings~Zoey